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From Iran to Aladdin: The Sultan's long, hard Hollywood journey

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"The first 10 years were very tough," Negahban recalled.

It can be challenging for minority actors to land roles in Hollywood, particularly ones that don't involve playing a terrorist, as Negahban has done many times in shows like Homeland and 24.

But playing the Sultan in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin, in theaters now, is a departure from all of that.

And then I came here and I realized that the roles are very limited and it's very difficult to break into the industry.

People told me, "There's no way you're going to be able to succeed here with your name.

Aladdin's cast includes actors with Middle Eastern and South Asian backgrounds.

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